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Majorette Celebration Wellington Landings Majorettes celebrate year at awards banquet. PAGE 14 Volume 1, Number 2

Monthly Mon Goodbye, Kmart

A fixture in the Western Communities for more than 20 years, the retail store has signed over its lease to Burlington Coat Factory.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has opened its doors to dozens of shelter dogs from flood-stricken areas of the country.



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The former Seminole Ridge standout has moved on to the college level, where he’s mastering the mental aspects of the game.

A local group of parents are working to raise funds to create a memorial garden where parents who have lost children can grieve, meditate, find peace and experience hope. The Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Garden will be built on land inside Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach.

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INSIDE Local Happenings ...................4 In Brief................................6 Nice and Easy ........................8 Manely Speaking.....................9 Arts & Entertainment ............ 10 School Bulletin .................... 14 Just For the Fun of It ..............16 Outside The Neighborhood .......17 Classifieds ...........................19

‘Uprecedented’ lack of rainfall sparks wildfires, wilts crops

By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group




Indian Trail Improvement District Administrator Tanya Quickel says several small wildfires have broken out in The Acreage.

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Joe Rubiano III, home for the summer after just finishing up his freshman year pitching for John Carroll University in Ohio, demonstrates his four-seam fastball before starting a game for American Legion Post 367.

Living the Dream By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

ROYAL PALM BEACH — To say he was born to play baseball might be stretching things a bit. But if he wasn’t born into it, Joe Rubiano III never knew life without it. And today, he’s living the dream of many young athletes as a college baseball pitcher. “I actually started playing ball in the backyard at three years old,” Rubiano said. The oldest of three children and

the only boy, Rubiano was playing catch with his dad before he was old enough to join any team. A year ago, the Seminole Ridge High School Class of 2010 graduate headed for John Carroll University in Ohio to pitch for the Blue Streaks. The school with about 4,000 students – not much bigger than Seminole Ridge – was an inviting college home with a tight-knit team where he was sure to see time on the

mound his freshman year. The Royal Palm Beach athlete is home for the summer. He took time out from a schedule of work, conditioning and, of course, more baseball, to chat about the sport he loves, college life, and being on his own for the first time. “I’d always wanted to go to college to play baseball,” Rubiano said. Heading to Ohio from Florida to play a spring SEE PITCHER / PAGE 12

A severe drought across vast swaths of Florida is wilting crops, sparking wildfires and sinking Lake Okeechobee to historically low levels, and Palm Beach County is the hardest-hit area in the entire state. The majority of the state is experiencing the drought, prompted by La Niña conditions characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures that are causing similar dry spells across the southern U.S., from New Mexico all the way to the Atlantic coast and north to Delaware. “This one seems to be a different beast,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of NebraskaLincoln. “I think we’re going to see things probably get worse before we see improvement.” A drought report issued June 21 by the South Florida Water Management District indicated that the 16-county area of central and southern Florida it administers has seen a total of only 14.81 inches of rainfall since Oct. 2 – 12.44 inches below normal levels. But eastern Palm Beach County specifically has seen only 13.08 inches in that period, 18.53 inches less than it normally receives. Gabe Margasak, a spokesman for the SFWMD, said the local deficit is unprecedented in the 80-some years records have been kept in the area. “That’s a serious lack of rainfall,” he said. “Residents see their canals are lower, the water catchment areas are lower; what this means is that water conservation is more important than ever to help protect our water SEE DROUGHT / PAGE 13

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Retailers upbeat

Burlington Coat Factory to take over Kmart lease By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Kmart, the first big box shopping center to locate in the Western Communities, ends an era as it closes its doors. Discounts began in June, and by mid-month the store already was mostly empty of merchandise. The 87,000-square-foot space won’t be vacant long. Kmart, assigned its lease to Burlington Coat Factory, which is planning to open in the fall. Some long-time fans of the discount giant known in years past for its famous “blue light specials” are bemoaning Kmart’s closing. But owners of the Village Shoppes on 441, and many other merchants welcome the change. “Maybe they’ll bring some new life in,” said Tony Obiol, store manager of Joseph’s Gourmet Market across the parking lot. “Kmart did nothing for us.” “We’re looking forward to Burlington,” said Karlyce Longmire, owner of Celebrity Diner, located a few bays away from Kmart. “I’ve been to the one down at Sawgrass outlet mall. At least initially, I know it’s going to bring in traffic. “I’m hoping its kind of a springboard for other businesses to take a look at the shopping center,” she added. Formerly known as

Southern Center, the Kmartanchored plaza was built in the late 1980s, predating the arrival of both Target and WalMart to the area. By the time Gertz Builders and Developers bought the center in 2007, the former owner owed Royal Palm Beach nearly $200,000 in code violations. Gertz, which also owns the Costco-anchored Southern Palm Crossing, renamed the plaza and gave it a complete face-lift. But construction of the Southern Boulevard overpass across State Road 7 that obliterated the center’s frontage along Southern contributed to the loss of many tenants.

“We’re hoping that it just reanchors the entire center,” said Rick Gertz Jr. “It certainly caters to the younger ages because Burlington not only brings in the fashion retailers but brings in one of their concepts called Baby Depot.” “We believe Burlington will be a real shot in the arm to the other retailers and attract some new retailers,” he said. “I love them,” said stylist Ralph Resta of Kutzs & Style, one of the plaza’s newest tenants. “It’s a very nice store, and they have good sales.” Burlington’s closest store is in Boynton Beach. The store’s name is a bit of a misnomer. While it started

as a wholesaler of ladies coats, today’s Burlington Coat Factory is more a department store with extensive selections of men’s and women’s suits, sportswear, shoes and accessories.

Pet of the Month Wendy is a four-monthold female Border Terrier mix. She is sweet as pie and has lots of love and energy to share. Wendy is looking for a loving family with the time and energy to keep up with a puppy as precious as she is. Her adoption fee is only $67, please reference animal ID#1580079. Adoption fees include rabies vaccination, license tag, microchip, spay or neuter surgery and more. To view other adoptable pets at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, visit them at 7100 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, or go online to co.palm-beach. For more information, call 233-1200.

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A sign announces the arrival of Burlington Coat Factory, which took over Kmart’s lease in the Village Shoppes at Southern Boulevard and State Road 7.

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Local Happenings Internet radio company celebrates new location

Celebrities will be on hand and ribbons will be cut at the grand opening of the World’s Entertainment and Information Network’s new location Friday, July 1. The Internet Radio company – online at – recently relocated to 650-9 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Local dignitaries, show hosts, representatives from Palms West Chamber of Commerce, as well as past guests and celebrities, are expected to attend.  The public is also invited and refreshments will be served.  The event will be recorded for a

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Kids can learn about Africa at Royal Palm Beach library

Chamber to host women’s golf clinic at Madison Green

Children of all ages can experience the music and culture of Africa with Julius and Julia Sanna at 2 p.m., Monday, July 11, at the Royal Palm Beach Library. The 45-minute program titled “Positively Africa!” will give children an opportunity to play African musical instruments and learn simple Swahili songs. For more information or to pre-register, call the Royal Palm Beach branch library at 790-6030.

The 2011 Women’s Summer Golf Clinic, hosted by Palms West Chamber of Commerce, takes place every Thursday in July at The Links at Madison Green. The clinics will be held at 5:30 p.m. beginning July 7. Classes with strategic lessons for short game, long game and putting will be taught each week.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine are complimentary after each session. 


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Business women’s group to meet July 13 The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its next meeting Wednesday, July 13, at the PGA DoubleTree Hotel at 4431 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Carol O’Neil, outgoing president of the local chapter and president and owner of CEO Financial Services, will speak about the “Chapter Year Review.” Networking is provided from 6 to 6:30 p.m.  Dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 and guests are welcome. To make reservations, or for more information, call Sharon Maupin at (561) 624-3816. 

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Local Happenings Wellington branch library to feature sign language workshop

Krystan Gogan, a nationally certified sign language interpreter, will introduce parents and children to American Sign Language in a hands-on demonstration for children through age 6. Held at the Wellington Branch Library Saturday, July 16, the 45-minute program requires pre-registration by calling (561) 790-6070. The library is located at 1951 Royal Fern Dr. in Wellington.

Dolphins Football, Cheer Camp to be held in Jupiter

Boys and girls ages 6-14 can participate in interactive, week-long camp experiences at Jupiter High School the week of July 18-22, featuring appearances by former Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders. The goal of the Miami Dolphins Football Camp is for kids to develop skills that will help them succeed both on and off the field. The football camp focuses on football training, teamwork building and the importance of education. At Miami Dolphins Cheer Camp, girls ages 5-14 will learn from the pros in a non-competitive environment. Girls will learn dances, cheer techniques and routines, and attend etiquette and glamour classes taught by both current and former Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Cheer camps are grouped according to ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14. For kids ages 15-18, a Junior Coaching Program is offered for

the first time. All camps are from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday. Extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an extra $50.  Cost for either camp is $250 per child.  Football camp includes under armor, football jersey, autographs and appearances by former Miami Dolphin players, lunch, and two tickets for the camp barbecue on Friday. Cheer Camp includes camp shirt and shorts, pompoms, and autographs from cheerleaders and alumni cheerleaders. The camp also includes a camp photo. To register, go online to miami-dolphins-summer-camps.

Don’t miss Palms West Chamber’s Power Networking mixer July 21

The Palms West Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly mixer, Power Networking, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21. It will be held at The Reserve and The Park at Riverbridge at 50 Olive Tree Cr., in Greenacres. Entrance is $5 for members, $10 for guests and includes breakfast. To register, call 790-6200 or go online to  Those attending are encouraged to bring business cards and brochures about their businesses.

Turn those discarded items into cash at consignment sale

West Palm Beach’s largest indoor consignment sale will be

held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday, July 23. So, if you’re wondering what to do with your unused items and things cluttering your house, bring it all to the large consignment sale, which will be held for one day only in the 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall. This is also an opportunity for attendees to purchase reasonably priced, quality used items.  The Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. To reserve a booth, call Laurie Long at (561) 3663008 or go online to Sale. The Salvation Army will be on site to collect any unsold items registrants are willing to donate.

‘Birding’ walk set at MacArthur Beach State Park

Bird lovers can join a rangerled educational walk called “birding” Sunday, July 24, to identify many species of birds that make their home in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Reservations for the walk, which starts at 9:30 a.m., are recommended. Visitors should bring binoculars or rent them at the Park’s Nature Center. The walking tour is free with park admission. For more information, call the Nature Center at (561) 6246952. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located on Highway A1A on Singer Island between Blue Heron and PGA boulevards in North Palm Beach.

Man, Woman of the Year campaign nets $300,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society After all the votes were tallied, Jennifer Martin of Bodhi Hot Yoga and Jason Brian of were named the 2011 Woman and Man of the Year, respectively, by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The announcement was made at the Grand Finale Celebration sponsored by Mercedes-Benz at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. The event drew a crowd of more than 200 friends and supporters of LLS. Martin and Brian raised a combined total of $139,000. In total, all the candidates raised more than $300,000 during a 10-week fund-raising campaign. All proceeds generated by the event will be used by LLS to research a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Jennifer Martin and Jason Brian were named 2011 Woman and Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

July 4th Events

Wellington’s Village Park to host celebration Everyone’s invited to Wellington’s July 4th Family Celebration at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Rd. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with inflatable rides, face painting, paint-less paint ball, traditional games, food for purchase and more. Live entertainment provided by the Life Church Band kicks off the event. Free bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. inside the gymnasium and a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. completes the celebration. Free shuttle transportation service is available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop beginning at 5:30 p.m. From noon to 5 p.m., the Wellington Aquatics Complex pool will be open for those who want to take a refreshing swim. Regular admission fees apply. For more information about the Aquatics Complex, call (561) 791-4770.

Fishing, golf, kayaking kick off Royal Palm’s festivities Locals can start celebrating Independence Day early at Royal Palm Beach’s Red, White & Blue Fishing Tournament that takes place from 6 a.m. to noon at Lakeside Challenger park. There will be different age groups with prizes awarded for total weight of fish caught. A prize also will be awarded for the biggest fish caught. For all you local golfers, the village’s annual scramble format Firecracker Golf Tournament at The Village Golf Club begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Lunch and awards begin at 12:30 p.m. There’s also a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and mixed doubles tournament at Camellia Park. Call the recreation department at 790-5124 for more information and to pre-register. Beginning at 5 p.m., it’s all about family fun at Lakeside Challenger Park with bounce

houses, water slides, an obstacle course, crafts, live music and more. There will even be free hot dogs and water until supplies run out. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

West Palm Beach waterfront plays host to annual ‘4th on Flager’ The City of West Palm Beach will celebrate the American West as it stages one of South Florida’s biggest celebrations of America’s birthday on Downtown’s Waterfront July 4. There will be a Wild West mini-rodeo, a real stage coach, the Wells Fargo kids area, a “Ride them Hogs” Harley display and the Firefighter’s Silverado Splash and Dash Competition, two stages of live entertainment, the unfurling of a four-story American flag, a tribute to our military, and of course dazzling fireworks lighting up the sky over the Intracoastal. The Palm Stage, located near the fountain in Centennial Square, will feature two live acts, the rock ‘n’ roll group Riverdown and the country, rock and bluegrass sounds of Taylor Road. The Wild West mini-rodeo will feature roping and barrel racing exhibitions, pony rides, rodeo clowns, lasso games and a mechanical bull. Festivities at the free event begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. For more information, call 822-1515 or go online to

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In Brief Alert issued to Wellington homeowners for canal irrigation pumps

Wellington residents who use a close-by canal or lake for irrigation water need to check their source pumps. Because of the ongoing drought, diminishing canal and lake levels may cause the end of the suction lines to become exposed and cause the irrigation pump to lose its prime. This would cause the pump to run continuously and burn out, resulting in repairs that can be avoided. Residents using nearby water sources irrigation water should do the following:  Inspect suction lines weekly to ensure sufficient water levels are high enough to completely cover the end of the pipe;  If the water level is insufficient, residents should choose to override the automated timer and operate the pump manually.  Where possible, lower the suction line if sufficient water is available below the current end of the line. For questions about watering schedules or what can be done to protect irrigation systems, call Bill Conerly, Wellington’s operations manager, at (561) 753-2576.

Sheriff ’s Office urges fireworks safety

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is urging Palm Beach County residents to think about safety as they make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July. Every year thousands of people and animals are killed or critically injured by fireworks, according to the office. These injuries can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. For that reason, the PBSO wants everyone to know that fireworks are illegal to use without a permit. Some of the illegal fireworks prohibited for normal resale are common bottle rockets, firecrackers (rolls), standard fireworks, M80s with mortar, M80s, projectile fireworks and launchable rockets with stands. These items are only a few samples of fireworks commonly purchased by people that are prohibited for sale. PBSO also urges people not to sign waivers to purchase fireworks. A waiver will not clear anyone of responsibility if caught using illegal fireworks. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the codes against the use of illegal fireworks, which is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The PBSO gives these precautions to celebrate safely:

 Use sparklers and other legal novelties on a flat, hard surface. Do not light them on grass.  Use sparklers in an open area.

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Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited fireworks. Keep in mind that livestock such as horses, cows, and other animals can also be frightened by fireworks.  Light only one item at a time and never attempt to relight a dud.  Don’t purchase or use any unwrapped items or items that may have been tampered with.  Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand for emergencies. PBSO says that if it launches or explodes, it is off limits. The office also reminds that the extreme drought the county currently is suffering heightens the possibility of fires.

info@ Registration is held at the main concession stand located in The Willows baseball fields at the corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Wildcat Way. Each player must provide a photocopy of his or her birth certificate if one is not already on file. League age limit is determined by the child’s age as of May 1, 2012. Registrants will receive a tryout appointment at the time of registration.

It’s time to register for Royal Palm Beach Youth Baseball

Good Sam noted for excellence in imaging

Registering early for youth baseball can save $10 for those who want to play the game this fall in Royal Palm Beach. Discounts are also available for families with more than one child who want to play. Early registration ends at midnight July 31.

Good Samaritan Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). “This designation is a testament to the care provided at our hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center, which gives

women access to advanced tools to detect cancer early and help win the battle against the disease,” said Mark Nosacka, Good Samaritan CEO. Peer-review evaluations were conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in

the field. These evaluations determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

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NICE AND EASY by Ernie Zimmerman

Buying a car online same old song and dance After surviving half a dozen dealers’ usual tactics of add-ons, dealer fees and bait-and-switch, I struck gold. of the haggling when buying a car? Ever met anyone who paid sticker price for a new car? If there is, I bet he’d rather fess up to income tax evasion before admitting to paying full price for a car. And no matter what the sticker price is, many dealerships are in the practice of adding its own sticker price on top of the MSRP. Rust proofing for $699? Extra fancy pinstriping for $299? Do I really look like a walking ATM machine? I always heard to wait until the end of the month to buy a car, so that’s exactly what I did. The new thing with buying a car now compared to years ago can be summed up in one word: Computers. Thanks to my son Brian I learned all about shopping for a car online. It seemed simple enough. Fill out an online form telling the dealer what kind of car you want – the color, model and equipment – and then ask for an outthe-door price. Within minutes the price comes back to you via e-mail.


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Last month, I had to do something I really hate to do. I tried putting it off for as long as I could, but eventually I couldn’t find any more excuses for putting it off any longer. My wife Sharon and my kids were on my case. I had to face reality. I had to start shopping for a new car. Some guys I know love shopping for new cars. Personally, I think they’re all out of their minds. I’d rather go back to Vietnam than to shop for a new car. And believe me that wasn’t a nice experience either. Why do car dealers make shopping for a new car such a hard thing to do? Why can’t you walk into a car dealership, pay the price and leave with your car? I shop that way at Publix. I take my box of Graham Crackers to the cashier, she rings it up and I pay. What could be simpler? There is no negotiating with the cashier to try and get another 50 cents off. I don’t ask her to throw in a half-gallon of milk to seal the deal. So why do we have to go through all

What could be easier? I did my shopping on the computer and let my fingers do the walking with six dealers. The first five dealers I went to online turned out to be a nightmare – just like old times. The price I was quoted via e-mail just wasn’t true. There were always add-ons or lines like, “we just sold that car, but for $5,000 more we have a much nicer car in stock.” One dealer wanted $2,500 more for the exact same car that another dealer just quoted me on. I soon discovered some dealers charge as high as $999.99 for dealer fees, while other dealers charge no dealer fees at all. To my surprise, the dealer that charged the high dealer fee had the same out the door price as the dealer that didn’t charge a dealer fee. I was wondering how that could be, then I was shaken back to reality and remembered I was dealing with car dealers. When I visited the sixth dealer after receiving a quote, I expected more of the same. This particular dealer had sent me an e-mail with a fair price of the car my wife Sharon wanted. It was a lower price then any of the

other dealers had offered me. So naturally I was skeptical, to say the least. When I called the dealer to confirm the price and that the car was really on the lot, the salesperson assured me that the price I was quoted was the true outthe-door price and that they had six cars in different colors waiting on the lot. Upon arriving at the dealership I really didn’t know what to expect. But to my surprise, the dealer kept his word, sold me the car we wanted at the price he promised. Okay, maybe every now and then miracles do happen. Curious to know what dealership lived up to its promise? Drop me an e-mail at and I’ll be glad to tell you where the miracle occurred. Ernie Zimmerman, a retired New York City police officer and Vietnam veteran, walks at least three miles a day and takes life nice and easy in Wellington, where he and his wife Sharon have lived for more than 27 years.

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Views from an armchair equestrian Besides humans, what other species is so versatile for sport and function as the horse? By LAURA DANOWSKI Neighborhood News Group

It has been four months since I’ve sat on a horse. Years ago, if this much time had lapsed between me and my saddle, I would have needed one of those white, canvas jackets with the long arms that wrap around your body and buckle numerous times in the back. The hiatus doesn’t mean I love the animal or the game any less. The sport of “horse” is similar to a really good book you have to put down because dinner needs cooking or the boss is crowing about something – you can always come back to it. And even without me, the global, multi-billion dollar industry of horse carries on in the continental U.S. and abroad, allowing those on the sidelines to still feel very much a part of it. Currently, the Show Jumping FEI Nations Cup Series is underway in Europe. There, the same horse and rider combinations we cheer during the Wellington Equestrian Festival Grand Prix classes travel from May through August to compete at venues in France, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and finish in the Netherlands. As of June 3, after the third show of eight, the U.S. team stands fifth out of eight with 11.5 points and the Netherlands leads with 23.5 points. The next show is July 8 in Sweden. So what do you pack for a horse traveling internationally and how do you coax them down the jet way to take their seats and fasten their belts? For international travel, horses have a passport showing current immunizations, blood work, their photo and other specific body descriptors like: long white stocking, left hind leg; pronounced swirl (coming together of hairs in different directions) on right neck; and tattoo numbers or brands if applicable. So to cross the pond, these amazing and humble athletes must ship in the cargo section of the plane (suggest that to Lebron James). There are two ways to get the horses on board: they can either be loaded into a palletized stall, fork-lifted onto a roller-like conveyor and secured for flight, or walked-up a long ramp that often goes straight from the van to the plane. As a horse, I’m not sure how cool or cooperative I’d be for either option. All the equipment is shipped as well and a traveling team will condense and share items like wheel barrows, pitch forks etc. Restrictions on transporting feed from one

country to another abound, so the horse’s dietary needs are adjusted to what’s available. The management of their nutrition and hydration is critical. Radical, poorly planned changes to a horse’s diet can become life-threatening very quickly. Most of the time, the horses must arrive “X” number of days ahead of the competition dates and stable in a quarantine facility to ensure they are not accidentally transporting contagion. Geographic changes are physically and mentally stressful for a horse; their respiratory systems are quite vulnerable. New locales can introduce allergens and foreign particulates that, like humans, cause our bodies to react accordingly. Other world championships in equestrian disciplines are happening abroad including pairs driving in France, crosscountry in England, endurance in Chile, reining in Sweden and pony driving in Slovenia! All of these competitions are vetting and sorting team members for the 2012 Olympics in London from the end of July to mid-August. The next collective gathering of equestrians where multiple disciplines will compete at the same venue is the 2011 Pan American Games slated for October in Guadalajara, Mexico. Until a few days ago, in the mental pickings of writer’s block, I pondered the following: besides humans, what other species is so versatile for sport and function? We compete horses in jumping, driving, racing, endurance, reining, dressage, polo, vaulting, calf roping, bronc-riding, barrel racing, field hunting and battle. I might have missed one or two, but horses were not designed by Mother Nature to do anything other than graze and run. We have influenced, domesticated and tinkered with their evolution for purpose and fancy. If you muse a bit further, what does it pique about their ability to learn, cognitive scope and our ability to communicate with them? These thoughts are lobbed with cynicism and seriousness, but could similar results have been achieved with cows or camels? I’m not sure when I’ll get back in the tack, but my day-to-day life with horses continues with marvel and reverence for them. Laura Danowski is the owner of Heads-Up Media, specializing in equestrian promotion. A former circuit competitor, she now resides on her lay-up facility in Loxahatchee.


Cheating suspected on more than 7,000 FCAT exams, including some in Palm Beach County By BILL KACZOR The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE — State education officials have asked 14 school districts – including Palm Beach County – to investigate possible cheating on the FCAT Exam after a security company found excessive erasures and other anomalies on more than 7,000 of the 4 million exams administered this year. The Department of Education said recently 6,967 – less than half a percent – of the FCAT exams taken this year had student responses so similar and statistically aberrant that they were invalidated, but school districts can appeal those findings. The department also flagged a second group of 854 tests at 21 schools with erasure levels “that would be expected to occur once in a trillion times when tests are taken under standardized

conditions,” Deputy Education Commissioner Kris Ellington wrote in a June 9 memo to school superintendents. The districts are being required to conduct investigations only of the latter group of tests, said department spokesman Tom Butler. He said the overall number of suspicious tests is something less than the total for the two groups because there’s some overlap. Ellington, who oversees accountability, research and measurement, noted this is the first year the state has implemented a new analysis “designed to identify schools with improbable results” on FCAT reading, writing, math and science tests. The focus this year is on extremely unusual levels of erasures “that could involve tampering with test answer documents.” Penalties for teachers who commit academic fraud by

helping students cheat on the tests can be severe. A few teachers in the past have received what’s known as “the death penalty”– permanent revocation of their teaching certificates. At least two also have faced criminal charges that can result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. One teacher received the maximum fine and 90 days under house arrest and another was fined $103. Both cases involved copying tests. The counties where suspect exams were found are Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Orange, Duval, Flagler, Polk, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Seminole, Jefferson and Gadsden. FCAT scores are used to grade schools, which can receive cash awards for high performance and non-financial penalties for low results. The grades are expected to be released in July.




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‘Bad Teacher’ passes, just barely By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Writer

“Bad Teacher” is exactly the one-joke movie that you probably expect it to be, but there are enough variations and shadings of that one joke to sustain its brief running time – just barely. Cameron Diaz plays ... a bad teacher. She secretly sips airline-size booze bottles during class, doesn’t bother to learn her students’ names and figures that showing them movies about education like “Stand and Deliver” and “Dangerous Minds” is just as good as educating them herself. Because you see, she’s not teaching English at a suburban Chicago middle school for the deeply rewarding experience of shaping young minds. She just needs enough cash for a boob job, which she thinks will help her land a rich husband. Like the far superior “Bad Santa” from 2003, the key source of laughs here is the subversion of an authority figure who’s supposed to be trustworthy, reliable, even honorable. And, like Billy Bob Thornton in that earlier film, Diaz just goes for it. Director Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”) photographs her as if she were a vixen in a Whitesnake video, and Diaz revels in a role that lets her be brazenly sexy and inappropriately funny all at once. Her character, Elizabeth Halsey, isn’t a mean or cruel

person, per se; she’s definitely selfish and scheming, morally devoid and perpetually intoxicated. But sometimes, twisted little nuggets of kindness inadvertently pop out, as in her admonishment of a nerdy, lovesick student to get over the pretty, popular girl in class. She’ll never like him, Elizabeth tells him, figuring she’s doing him a favor by being honest with him now, at a young age. And you know what? She’s got a point. But while screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (“The Office”) ultimately soften Elizabeth a bit, they remain mostly faithful to her true nature and never inflict some implausible change of heart on her. The pacing and the tone of “Bad Teacher” aren’t quite so consistent, though, which often leaves the film feeling like a series of amusing moments rather than a cohesive whole. Still, those individual moments often connect, and that has a lot to do with the strength of the supporting cast. Jason Segel is hugely likable,

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as always, as the school’s laidback gym teacher, the voice of reason who sees through Elizabeth and still wants to hang out with her anyway. Lucy Punch, as the perky and perfect teacher across the hall, takes what could have been an annoying, one-note role and fleshes out a character full of passive-aggressive insecurity. Phyllis Smith has some wonderfully honest, awkward moments as a shy teacher who’s dazzled by Elizabeth’s insubordination. And then, of course, there’s Justin Timberlake, Diaz’s reallife ex-boyfriend. He plays a proper and preppy substitute who comes from old money but teaches because he truly believes in all that stuff about the children being our future. He may not get a chance to let loose with the kind of charisma he’s shown on “Saturday Night Live” or in movies like “The Social Network,” but it’s always a pleasure seeing him toy with his pop-star image. Still, “Bad Teacher” leaves you wishing they’d all misbehaved just a little bit more.

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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue

Local shelter gives transplanted dogs second chance at life The shelter has accepted dogs brought by the truckload from overcrowded shelters in flood-stricken Mississippi and Alabama. By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

WEST PALM BEACH — Shelter dogs from flood-stricken parts of the country are getting a new chance at life in Palm Beach County, thanks to the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach. Severe springtime flooding in southern states has strained the resources of animal shelters there, Peggy Adams Operations Director Thomas Adair said, and the league is participating in an emergency transport effort coordinated by the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA. In the last two months Peggy Adams has made room for dogs brought by the truckload from overcrowded shelters in Mississippi and Alabama. Adair stressed that the transport operation is not relocating dogs that were separated from their owners by the flooding, but relieving overwhelmed shelters of a backlog of normal strays. “What a group of us agencies did was empty out the shelters in these areas, so they could help their communities with the owned animals,” he said. Adair said the animals collected in flood areas were trucked into Florida and distributed to a series of shelters along the route. “Of the three transports we participated in, we took in the largest number of the animals brought down,” he said. The league took in dogs from

two transports in May, one from Natchez, Miss. and the other from Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala. The most recent transports were 19 dogs that arrived June 4, also from Natchez, bringing the total to 46. Adair said the United States Humane Society uses a specially designed “big rig” tractor-trailer to move dogs in such efforts. “It’s actually a climate-controlled kennel system within the trailer part, that also has staff accommodations should they need to pull over and rest,” he said. “It takes a lot of stress off the animals when they’re transported in that environment.” Although Adair doesn’t expect any further dog transports directly related to flood relief, he said the shelter will continue to participate in emergency transfers, as it has in the past. “Before all this, back in March, we assisted the United States Humane Society in a hoarding rescue in Alabama, and that resulted in us taking 30 of them,” he said. “They recovered quite a number of animals in that rescue.” Adair said that all told, the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has taken in about 76 dogs transported from other states this year. All but 12 have found homes. “We’ve got just a small few – I think two – from previous rescues,” he said. “Some of them [from the May transports] are still undergoing treatment, but most of them

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Smokey, a neutered black and white male german shepherd mix, plays with Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Executive Director and CEO Rich Anderson. Still waiting to be adopted from the shelter, Smokey is one of dozens of dogs transported from flood-stricken areas in Mississippi and Alabama during the past few months.

are going to be from this most recent transfer.” Peggy Adams Executive Director and CEO Rich Anderson said that while the United States Humane Society covers transportation for the rescued dogs and provides participating shelters with a small subsidy of $100 per animal, the expenses go beyond that. “Most of these animals arrive with some pretty serious health issues,” he said. “Some are still getting treatment today. In general, it costs $400 per animal in normal circumstances to put an animal into a new loving home, so you can see the discrepancy in what Peggy Adams has to cover. If the animal arrives with health problems, that increases the costs dramatically.” Anderson stressed that people can donate to help the rescue effort, even if they aren’t

looking to adopt a pet. “Peggy Adams depends on contributions to make efforts like this possible,” he said. The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is located at

3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information on donating or adoptions, call (561) 686-6656 or go online to

46 76 STATS 12 JUST THE The number of dogs taken in by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League that have yet to find loving homes.

The total number of dogs taken in at Peggy Adams Rescue League this year from floodstricken Natchez, Miss. and Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala.

The number of dogs that the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has taken in from other states so far this year.


The number of dollars it costs Peggy Adams per animal, in general and under normal conditions – to put an animal into a new home.

Summer league helps college pitcher stay in shape PITCHER / FROM PAGE 1

sport wasn’t so odd to the kid who had moved south from Rhode Island at age 13. “I like the weather. The weather doesn’t bother me. I’ve always loved snow,” he said. But he admits he might have had an edge over the guys who had to take their conditioning indoors for part of the year every year. “Compared to up north, these kids are at the plate all year long,” he says of Florida boys. “You can condition all you want, but if you don’t have experience on the field, that’s where they’re always going to have a leg up on you,” he says. Perhaps that’s why his first college win was so memorable. It came during the team’s Spring trip to Port Charlotte, with Dad, Joe Rubiano Jr., in the stands. “I came in in relief. It was a great feeling, and my dad got

to see it,” he said. Dad, who played baseball himself through his junior year in high school, has been watching his son handle a ball longer even than his son can remember. “I actually had him start pushing a rubber ball when he was six months old,” said Dad. “I started working with him, throwing and pitching to him when he was 3. When I couldn’t teach him anymore, he started at a baseball institute.” Dad said he knew his namesake son would select John Carroll before his son actually made his decision. “I said to my wife, ‘He’s going to pick the one in Ohio.’ He picked the smallest school because he knew he was going to step right in and get into that pitching rotation. I guess it felt like home to him.” Rubiano pitched 22 innings, giving up only 4 runs. “I was a reliever, but I did

start a few times,” he said. “I have no preference. I’ve done it all, and I’m able to do it all.” Some of Rubiano’s best memories are the fun he had with the close-knit team – he smiles, remembering how the team created a dugout chant out of some babble from the coach’s toddler son. “Just being in the dorms is great. My floor was 25 guys on the east wing. We were a very tight group,” he says. He remembers waking up one morning to find all the beans from a beanbag chair stacked like a snowdrift against his door and some harmless pranks involving shaving cream. He was easily one of the farthest guys from home, with most of John Carroll’s recruits coming from the Ohio area. And that experience, he said, made him value his mom, Toni. “Whatever it is that I’ve needed, she’s always been there. She’s the brains behind

the operation,” he said. “She would call and ask, ‘How are you doing? How are your grades?’ She takes care of me.” Rubiano is playing for American Legion Post 367 this summer, the same summer team he’s played for since moving to Florida before the start of his freshman year of high school. “The first time I met him, he didn’t even know I was the coach,” Coach Rob Pettit said. “He walked out, shook my hand and introduced himself. He’s always been a good kid, always been a leader.” In 2009, Rubiano pitched a one-hitter in the American Legion District Championship and won the game 3-0. He also won the 2009 MVP award in the American Legion All-Star game. “He may not throw 100 mph, but he’s one of those pitchers you always want to have in there,” Pettit said. “He controls the game.” “My favorite pitch at the

moment is a curve ball. Lately it’s just been unhittable,” he said. He also throws two fastballs – a 2 seam and a 4 seam – a circle change-up, and a slider. Like one of his favorites in the game, Yankee’s pitcher C.C. Sabathia, Rubiano is stocky for a pitcher at 6’2” and 235 pounds. Rubiano figures he can emulate Sabathia’s style. “As big as he is, he still gets outs, and he’s one of the best pitchers in the game,” Rubiano said. “I see his success, so I’ve been watching his mechanics.” Working on control is part of Rubiano’s summer mission. With a strict conditioning plan and diet, he’s lost 20 pounds, an accomplishment that improved the speed of his fastball, he said. He’s also working on his mental game. “I’m a lot smarter mentally now,” he said. “I know 3 pitches ahead what I need to throw. I can think ahead now. I grew up a lot – on and off the field.” 

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resources.” Margasak said that on June 14 the U.S. Drought Monitor placed D4 conditions – “exceptional,” its worst rating – on eastern South Florida and centered on coastal Palm Beach County. That’s the same rating given to large swaths of the desert southwest where massive wildfires are raging. The first month of Florida’s rainy season has brought only sporadic showers, but even regular seasonal rainfall wouldn’t be enough to alleviate the drought’s severity, said Wellington’s Deputy Village Manager John Bonde, who has 30 years of experience in water management. “We’re starting to see the tropical buildup of rain in the afternoons,” Bonde said, “but one of the things we need is “rain without a name.” We don’t need a tropical storm or hurricane, but we could use a depression to drop six to eight inches of rain. But that is not in the forecast for the near future.” Bonde noted the irony of hoping for a tropical disturbance. “I hate to say that as an emergency manager, but we certainly need some tropical moisture,” he said. “The amount of water we get in these afternoon rains, the ground soaks it up and helps the water table a bit, but it’s not bringing the canals up.” Lake Okeechobee, the backup reservoir for five million people, stood at just 9.6 feet on

June 21 – 3.62 feet below normal and approaching its all-time low of 8.82 feet set in July 2007. That drought ended in August 2008 when Tropical Storm Fay lingered over the state for almost a week, dropping 30 inches of rain in some spots. Susan Sylvester, the SFWMD’s director of operations control, said the current problems are compounded by increased evaporation. “Every root in every plant is trying to pull out some moisture,” she said. When the lake’s levels are too low, it stops the natural gravity flow of its waters into canals that lead to water sources for millions of residents, in turn prompting irrigation restrictions. It also cuts flow to the ecologically fragile Everglades, causing navigation issues for boaters with ramps dried out and drying marsh areas on the lake’s banks where wading birds forage for fish. While most of the county’s residents have been under SFWMD restrictions for landscape watering two days per week since March, in June the City of West Palm Beach tightened the rules to just one day a week in its service area because it depends on surface water from the shrinking Grassy Waters Preserve. Margasak said that because most other county residents draw water from underground aquifers, the district isn’t considering tightening the two-day

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A small alligator crawls along a canal bed outside Okeechobee June 8. Boaters report a larger than normal amount of gators on Lake Okeechobee with the low levels of water. South Florida’s drought problem has reached a critical stage. The National Weather Service rates parts of South Florida at drought stage, D4, or the “exceptional drought” stage.

rule yet. “At the moment there haven’t been any recommendations by the staff here to change watering restrictions for anyone else,” he said, “but we continue to monitor conditions.” One noticeable impact of the drought has been a string of wildfires blamed in part on the dry conditions. Scott Petrich, wildfire mitigation specialist at the state’s Division of Forestry, said 115 such fires were recorded in the first five months of 2011 in its four most southeasterly counties, nearly triple the normal level. A motorist simply pulling a car into grass off the side of the road is enough to spark a fire in some areas, Petrich said. About a third of wildfires in the state are caused by lightning,

which increases in the summer months. “Until we get significant amounts of rainfall we’re going to be faced with this situation,” he said. Indian Trail Improvement District Administrator Tanya Quickel, responsible for water management in the Acreage, said several smaller wildfires have broken out in the sprawling, unincorporated area. While firefighters once had to rely solely on water from the nowshrinking canals, parts of the area now benefit from hydrants installed along with water lines by the Palm Beach County Utilities several years ago. “It does not go everywhere but it does assist in fighting fires in some areas,” she said.

Quickel also said the drought has put pressure on the ITID’s recreation programs. “One of our concerns is for our ball fields and our parks because we’re in the middle of the season for many sports,” she said. “It’s a real challenge to keep the playing fields in good condition, what with the water restrictions that are in place right now.” But both Quickel and Bonde admitted that drought conditions have offered one advantage: with canal waters so low, crews can more easily remove trash, debris and built-up sediment. “The silver lining is that it’s revealing some issues to us and we’re doing something about that – cleaning out pipes and making the drainage system work better,” Bonde said. 

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Landings Middle School Majorettes celebrate at end-of-year banquet By BRENDA SAVAGE Neighborhood News Group

Stacey Kistela and Victoria Flora enjoy a dance at the Majorettes’ end-of-year awards banquet held at Binks Forest Country Club.

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The Wellington Landings Middle School Majorettes celebrated a successful year as they were honored at an end-of-year awards banquet recently at Binks Forest Country Club. The majorettes are middle school girls ranging in age from 11 to 14 in grades six through eight. Eighteen girls are on the competitive team and seven are non-competitive team members. Each girl received a certificate for participation, a trophy and ribbons from each of the Drum Majorettes of America events she participated in during the season, as well as special end-of-year gifts. The middle school team was named national champions for 2010 competition held last summer in Boiling Springs, NC. They also participated in various events this year including Twirl Mania in Disney’s Wide World of Sports in February. The girls also sport the title of Disney’s 2011 Junior High Parade Champions.

Above, 7th graders Amber Jaremko, Kelly Gerboc, Emily Newsome, Marissa Creekmore, Toni Deaver and Alex Cusell show their trophies. Below, members of Team Wellington share a special moment singing along to Taylor Swift’s “Mine.”

Palm Beach Central students raise $1,247 to aid Japan Just as the tsunami and nuclear disasters hit Japan this year, the social studies class of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit at Palm Beach Central High School was completing a cultural diversities study of that country. “They wanted to do something to help,” said Bernice Siegelman, a member of the ASD staff. Having spent so much time studying Japan, the students felt the disaster on a personal level, she explained. “We chose the lofty goal to raise $1,000 for one shelter box. The shelter box supports the needs of a family of 10, providing for their immediate and essential needs until a more permanent shelter can be provided. In order to raise the money, we ordered wristbands that said ‘PBCHS Japan’.”

ASD students and staff at Palm Beach Central High School raised more than $1,200 to aid victims in Japan by selling wristbands that said, “PBCHS Japan.”

The students sold wristbands to students and staff. “We made them sales kits and helped them practice talking to people they did not know,” said Siegelman. “The students in our class

vary greatly in their abilities, but none of them allowed their Autism Spectrum Disorder to deter them from reaching their goal of helping the people of Japan,” Siegelman said.

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Angel of Hope

Local parents unite to construct memorial garden By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Imagine for a moment, parents, that your child has died. Bear for a moment, that profound loss. Feel the burning for a moment behind your eyes. Now imagine the parents who never escape that moment, who live in that reality every day. It’s that profound emotional connection between parent and child that is inspiring one local group working to build a place of healing and hope for all parents who have lost children. The Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Garden will be a place where parents who have lost children can grieve, meditate, think, share their experience, find peace and experience hope. It will be built on land inside Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery with a heavily landscaped garden to provide tranquility, and its centerpiece will be an angel statue, carved originally in remembrance of the sculptor’s child who died. “It’s a place to feel whatever you need to feel,” says Ken Torres, whose 28-year-old son Kenny was shot and killed in 2008. Torres and other parents who met through the local Compassionate Friends group are raising money to erect the Angel of Hope and install the garden so parents from throughout Palm Beach County who have lost children will have a local memorial. There are 25 similar angel monuments throughout the country. For Torres, it will be the physical place that he and his wife Keri lack, where they can visit with their son, who was cremated. It will be a place to freely talk about him with others who understand, he said. “You tend to lose some of your friends (when you lose a child)”, he said. “Your family and friends don’t know what to say. Some are old school and say ‘You gotta get on with your life.’ We understand our children are still our children.

They’re just not alive.” Torres adds, “We want a place where our children’s names are written and spoken.” Inscribed bricks with the names of lost children will encircle the statue. Darlene Fernandez, who lost her 16-year-old daughter Erin in a 2003 car crash, envisions a place where she can feel her daughter’s lively spirit. “I can’t wait because it will be peaceful,” she said. The parents believe they found the Angel of Hope through their children’s spirits. Two members of the group, researching unrelated topics, came across the angel and simultaneously brought it up at their meeting. The Angel of Hope began with author Richard Paul Evans’ book, “The Christmas Box,” a story that expresses the undying love parents have for their children. The story includes an angel sculpture where parents lay flowers in memory of their children. Two years after publishing the book and having met many parents at book signings who had lost their children, the author wanted to make the angel a reality. A meeting with Utah sculptor Ortho Fairbanks, who lost a child himself, resulted in Fairbanks sculpting the first bronze Angel of Hope with the face of a child and the word HOPE embedded into one wing. It was dedicated in December 2004 in Salt Lake City. “I was just so moved by her,” said Marianne Stapleton, whose daughter, Chelsea, died at the age of 17 in a 2007 motorcycle crash. “The truth is it can happen to any parent any time,” she said. “I never thought it was going to knock on my door.” The Catholic Diocese is donating the land. “It made perfect sense from the cemetery’s standpoint,” said administrator Tom Jordan. “Nobody’s got that sense of grief that parents experience with the loss of a child. We were trying to create that oasis where someone could escape into it, and the landscaping

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Marianne Stapleton, left, Darlene Fernandez and Ken Torres, all of whom have lost children, are working to get The Angel of Hope and Children’s Memorial Garden installed within Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery.

does that.” The Angel memorial is for every parent who has lost a child, Fernandez said. “You don’t have to be Catholic, and your child doesn’t have to be interred here,” she said. “The normal expectation of life is our children will outlive us. It doesn’t matter if you’re 80. If your child goes first, the pain is no less great.” “The idea of hope is the belief that in another place you’re going to be reunited with them,” she said. The group already has raised $60,000 of $100,000 needed to erect the 4-foot 3-inch sculpture with a 5-foot 2-inch wingspan. Additional money needs to be raised for the lush tree- and shrubfilled landscaping. Already, there are several patrons

who have donated $2,500 or more, including Searcy, Denny Scarola, Barnhart and Shipley, the Quigley Family Foundation, the Bobby Resciniti Healing Hearts Foundation, The Lattner Foundation, Slawson Cunningham Whalen and Gaspari P.L., and Jack Nicklaus.

TO DONATE … An additional $40,000 still needs to be raised to erect the Angel of Hope statue, similar to the one on the left that sits in the Washington Park Botanical Garden in Springfield Ill. If you would like to donate money to help fund the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Garden in Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, here’s how: Call: Administrator Tom Jordan at (561) 793-0711, or; Mail a check to: Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery for the Angel of Hope 10941 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

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This Month in History July 4, 1826: Fifty years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died. July 4, 1845: Henry David Thoreau began his twoyear experiment in simpler living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Mass. July 3, 1863: The three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated. July 14, 1881: Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias “Billy the Kid,” was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M. July 8, 1889: The Wall Street Journal was first published. July 29, 1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. July 18, 1927: Ty Cobb hit safely for the 4,000th time

in his career.

July 27, 1940: Bugs Bunny made his “official” debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”

July 30, 1945: A few minutes after midnight, the

cruiser USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters. July 5, 1946: The bikini made its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. July 14, 1966: Eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory. Speck died in prison in 1991, a day short of his 50th birthday. July 3, 1971: Singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27. July 13, 1977: A 25-hour blackout hit the New York City area after lightning struck upstate power lines.

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THAT IS FINAL by Mark Milhet ACROSS 1 Woody Allen film 6 Smelter residue 10 Doing 14 Disappear gradually 15 Luminous topper 16 Any time now 17 Rat in a watering hole? 19 “War and Peace,” e.g. 20 Press into service 21 Irene of “Fame” 22 Unattached 24 Offend 25 Having more smarts? 26 Some “Soul Train” line maneuvers 29 Must take care of 32 Homologous 33 Agreed 34 Caterer’s container 35 Brocaded fabric 36 Mississippi, e.g. 37 Some anthropoids

38 “I’d like to buy ___, Pat!” 39 Yield 40 Plant of the carrot family 41 Queries 43 Bear witness to 44 Like some retirements 45 They have supporting roles 46 Perfectly 48 Type of foundation 49 Word with guard or gate 52 Bald eagle’s cousin 53 Matchmaker’s oddsmaker? 56 Betwixt 57 Frozen treats 58 Devoid of intelligence 59 Look of questionable intent 60 It may be breaking 61 Coating

DOWN 1 Ox of India 2 Notable periods 3 Anecdotal history 4 Some cards and tags 5 Be sarcastic, say 6 Brusque 7 “Ooh” follower 8 Husband of Fatima 9 Scans 10 Collection of online discussion groups 11 Soda fan? 12 Slave away 13 Enough, for some 18 Sculls 23 Made mad 24 Scout outing 25 Light weapon? 26 Caesar, for one 27 Geometric surface 28 Peruvian hat? 29 Case for an allergist 30 Prepare for a formal dinner

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Horoscope by Madame Hughes Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s assistance in finding Palm Beach County’s wanted fugitives. Joseph Whittingham, alias Joey, Joseph Braze, Joseph Wilson, Ramiro Ignacio, is a black male born 9-1-81. He is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tatoos. The suspect is wanted on a felony charge of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon Causing Bodily Joseph Whittingham Harm. His last known address is Softwood Ct., Wellington. Warrant checked on 6-16-11. Remain anonymous (don’t give your name) and you may be eligible for up to $1,000 reward.

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Aries (March 21 - April 20) You have accomplished a lot already; no need to run yourself ragged. Give yourself permission to be a little lazy and do whatever it is that stirs your soul. Taurus (April 21 - May 21) My guess is that you are feeling overwrought from too many demands being placed on you. Take heart; this month looks ideal for a relaxing break that will refresh and rejuvenate you. Gemini (May 22 - June 21) That high level of intelligence you possess can be a real advantage – but watch out for a swollen ego, which often accompanies it. Most people can appreciate braininess; however, few tolerate arrogance well. Cancer (June 22 - July 23) Submarines spend a great deal of time existing below the surface. As one living under the moody sign of Cancer, you too may be inclined to sulk and hide under the radar, so to speak. Fight this impulse whenever possible. Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23) Avoid anoth-

er Leo when searching for a romantic partner. As with most people, you will be attracted to their warm, outgoing personality. But with both of you needing center stage, that would put way too much strain on any long-term relationship. Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) You are thinking of making a minor change in your appearance, but you have some reservations. Changing a hairstyle or coloring some gray can provide an instant lift. If you don’t like the new you, no real harm has been done. My advice – take the plunge! Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) Practice being a good listener when someone tells you a story. Put yourself in their shoes and pretend the experience happened to you. Your face will register sincere interest and, by listening, you may just learn something. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) “Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” Keep these words in mind when you are tempted to indulge in self-pity.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) Lately you’ve been thinking of ways to generate healing. Many studies have shown pets to be beneficial to one’s health. Instead of a trip to the doctor, maybe an encounter of the canine or feline kind would prove more helpful. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) If the sky is not the limit, then be sure to let your family know that. In trying to please, you may be sending a mixed message. Family members need to be aware that, however lamentable, it is necessary to operate within a budget. Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Should people look at you and think you were born with a Teflon coating, they may be right. Although you embrace mankind as a whole, you can remain quite aloof in more intimate relationships. Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20) Soon, several job opportunities will surface. Salary should not be your only concern. No amount of money is worth becoming an indentured servant. Look them over closely.

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Outside the Neighborhood California cat thief ‘purr-loins’ hundreds of treaures

SAN MATEO, Calif. — A prolific cat burglar has stolen hundreds of precious possessions from homes near San Francisco. But police are staying off the case – the burglar really is a cat. Dusty, a 5-year-old feline from San Mateo, has taken hundreds of items during his nearly nightly heists. Owner Jean Chu tells the San Francisco Chronicle he has pilfered gloves, towels, shoes and more since she adopted him from the Humane Society. Dusty has a special love for swimsuits. Neighbor Kelly McLellan says he stole her bikini – on two separate trips. She said he appeared focused on keeping the ensemble. Experts say Dusty’s predatory instincts have gone astray, leaving him hunting for people’s stuff. The cat’s thieving has made him a minor celebrity.

Freak temperature hike hits Wichita after midnight

WICHITA, Kan. — An unusual weather pattern caused temperatures in Wichita, Kan. to soar nearly 20 degrees in 20 minutes even though the sun had long gone down. National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten says the heat burst hiked temperatures from 85 to 102 degrees in 20 minutes, beginning at 12:22 a.m. on June 9. She says a pocket of air in the upper atmosphere collapsed, and when it hit the ground it sent winds of more than 50 mph through parts of the city. The Wichita Eagle says that during a heat burst, rain falling from higher elevations cools air beneath it as it evaporates. The cooler air then descends quickly to the surface. As it falls, it is compressed and warms dramatically.

Cops: Masked men hold up doughnut shop, get dough

HYANNIS, Mass. — Police say masked and armed men in Cape Cod thought they were nabbing a bag of dough. They did – just not the kind they wanted. Three Hyannis men are facing armed robbery while masked charges after police say they robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts with knives and a hatchet and only ended up with a bag of doughnuts. According to police, the men demanded a paper bag that was in one of the worker’s purses, mistakenly believing she was carrying cash from the day’s receipts. But police say the men never looked inside. The men were captured on video and police were able to track them down.

Santa Fe police say the ring was returned to its owner in June. It had been in a police evidence room for more than two years. The police department said a few weeks ago it would auction off the ring if no one came forward to claim it. Some did, but police told the Santa Fe New Mexican that no one could prove it was theirs. Detectives found the right owner when the woman provided paperwork proving it was hers, including a receipt and a picture of her wearing the ring. The owner says she lost the ring while preparing dinner.

Rural Maine couple lives in two shipping containers

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A rural Maine couple calls home a pair of former shipping containers bought online for $1,500. Trevor Seip and Jennifer Sansosti have spent a year modifying the containers on their 63-acre property, where they hope to eventually build a conventional home. Each container measures 20 feet long, 8 feet high and 8 feet wide. One is insulated, plumbed and wired. It boasts a bed and table that fold against the wall, a sink, a camp stove, a propane heater, a shower and a composting toilet. The other has a closet and a folding futon. Sansosti tells the Bangor Daily News that every inch of the 160 square feet of floor space was used. Seip lived in Stroudsburg, Pa. Sansosti is from New York City. They say Maine is more tolerant of their unconventional housing choice.

Ore. man who quit college in 1932 graduates at 99

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at age 99. KTVZ-TV in Bend reported that Leo Plass, of Redmond, received his diploma in midJune from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Plass says he was less than one semester away from graduating from what was then called Eastern Oregon Normal School and starting a career as a teacher. But Plass says it was the Depression, and a teaching salary of $80 a month wouldn’t cut it. So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at $150 a month, Plass says he couldn’t pass it up.

Cat survives 12-story NM woman gets back fall, lands on feet in $30K ring after 14 NYC years NEW YORK — It’s true cats SANTA FE, N.M. — A woman in New Mexico has been reunited with a $30,000 diamond engagement ring that she lost while making dinner in 1997.

land on their feet. At least it was true for Copper, a 9-month-old tabby who fell 12 stories in New York City and survived with just a

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Pa. school district turns lawn care over to sheep

CARLISLE, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania school has a woolly plan to keep its grass neatly trimmed. The Carlisle Area School District says it can save up to $15,000 a year by turning over some landscaping chores to sheep. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the district is using the sheep to keep the grass near its solar panels neatly trimmed. The sheep nibble grass in the morning and take refuge in the shade of the panels in the afternoon. With the food already on hand, the district need only supply the sheep with water. A middle school assistant principal is providing the sheep. Eric Sands says he’s still trying to figure out exactly how many sheep he needs to use to keep the area clear.

broken paw. Owner Angela Lang tells the New York Post that veterinarians who treated Copper were amazed she was alive. Copper apparently slipped through a narrow opening in Lang’s 14th-floor window and landed on top of a two-story garage next door. The kitty spent nearly nine hours on the roof of the garage because there was no access and Lang couldn’t get hold of anyone who could help. Finally the building service manager spotted the cat from the window of his own apartment 10 floors below Lang’s. He used a ladder to reach Copper.

Colorado community wants to see Dead Guy Days

BOULDER, Colo. — The Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce in Colorado is offering to sell the rights to a celebration of a frozen dead guy. Bredo Morstoel’s corpse has been packed in dry ice in a shed at the mountain town since 1993. He died in 1989 at age 89 and his Norwegian family preserved his body in hopes technology will be developed to bring him back to life. The 10-year-old festival attracted 15,000 people in March. It features a parade of hearses, frozen salmon tossing and coffin races. Interim chamber president Blue Hessner says the chamber wants to sell rights to the event and concentrate on business development. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the event has become too expensive and the chamber believes an event company could do a better job.

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Soft Cloth Wash • Inside Vacuum & Windows • Wipe Dash, Console & Doors • Wheel Cleaner & Tire Shine • Underbody Wash • Triple Foam Polish • Clear Coat Sealant • Air Freshener • Power Dry & Hand Finished Only at Motor City Car Wash • Exp. 7/24/11



Between Congress & Military Trail


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Soft Cloth Wash • Inside Vacuum & Windows • Wipe Dash, Console & Doors • Power Dry & Hand Finished • Wheel Cleaner & Tire Shine • Exterior Dressing • Orbital or Hand Wax • Rain-X Windshield • 30 Minute Service Only at Motor City Car Wash • Exp. 7/24/11


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Palms West Monthly is a proud member of The Palms West Chamber and you should be too!

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“Leading the way in connecting businesses and communities.” Find us on: Scan the QR code with your smart phone to go directly to our website!

For more information on becoming a member contact Jessica Clasby at 561-790-6200 or visit

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Palms West Service Directory DINING



Accounting & Tax Services


Lee Chitty, CPA

Providing businesses and individuals with accounting and tax help for more than 33 years. Call for a free, no obligation consultation Lee Chitty, CPA

13860 Wellington Trace • Wellington • 798-8843

Come hungry Leave happy.

(561) 315-2097

Make Your Car Look Like


NEW Again!








Trimming • Removal • Stump Grinding Shaping • Hedge Trimming

12785 Forest Hill Blvd., #G8 • Wellington • (In the Wellington Plaza at Wellington Trace & Forest Hill Blvd.) Licensed & Insured


Village Golf Club


Monday: Full Rack Back Rib Dinner $11.99 Tuesday: Half Rack Back Ribs & 5 Wings $12.99 Wednesday: Rib & Chicken Combo $10.99 Thursday: Full Rack Spare Rib Dinner $10.99 Friday: Rib & Shrimp Combo $14.99 13897 WELLINGTON TRACE • WELLINGTON • (561) 795-RIBS

Banquet Facilities Beautiful, Spacious, Affordable Luxury

Call Today!



Weddings • Bar Mitzvahs Birthdays • Any Occasion

You owe it to yourself to shop your rates. Let us shop for you. 11951 Southern Blvd. • Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411



• Headlight Restoration • Oxidation Removal • West Sanding & Buffing • Steam Cleaning & more!

Channon Delgado 561-798-5535




L AWN CA R E IN C Affordable Full Service Lawn Maintenance Tree Trimming • Shrubs • Landscaping Commercial & Residential Licensed and Insured

Get 10% OFF


First two months of lawn maintenance when you mention this ad! (First-time customers only.)

313-9892 10140 Okeechobee Blvd. • RPB • (561) 792-0091 At the corner of State Road 7 & Okeechobee Blvd.

CHINA HUT Chinese Restaurant (561) 333-8982

“I’ve gone from a size 14 to a 6 and can wear anything I want with confidence. With Herbalife, I’m planning to keep the weight off forever!”

You can do it, too! I’ll show you how. Call me today!

• Interior/Exterior • Pressure Cleaning • Faux Finishes • Residential • Commercial • Paver Sealing



with this ad

Call us today for a free quote!

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK ffering Now O I-FI! W Serving Breakfast & Lunch 5:30a.m. - 1p.m. E FRE 13873 Wellington Trace, B-9, Wellington • 784-5501 4368 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens • 625-6677

U8358 Licensed & Ins.

Why do customers trust Hola Cleaning?

Simply Spotless!


We clean their homes the way they want. We care. We are experienced.

(561) 234-8038

Fast. Fresh. Friendly. Signature Salads, Wraps Sandwiches & Soups





Very Reasonable Rates To Clean Your Home!

561.795.4345 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The Pointe at Wellington Green Visit our 2 other locations: CityPlace • WPB Midtown at the Gardens • PBG

Let Us Add a Little COLOR to Your Life! Est. 1970 • Family Owned & Operated





Suzanne Daley • 561.385.1638

13860-16 Wellington Trace • Courtyard Shops

1 Dozen Bagels!

Ebony F. Lost 56 lbs.

(12 Years Experience • Great References!)


561.718.9264 • 561.301.4169

SELL YOUR SERVICE! Advertise in the Palms West Service Directory!

Call 215-1227 for more information.

Readings by Lola

Tarot Cards • Crystals • Aura Cleansing • Gifts “Lola can help guide you along your life path” For an appointment, call


Located in Royal Palm Beach

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Palms West Classifieds

Three ways to place your ad!



1. Place your ad online at or; 2. Mail your ad with credit card information or check to Palms West Classifieds,

12 Personals 13 Professional 14 Special Occasions 15 Yard Sales 16 Roommates Wanted 18 Lost & Found 19 Miscellaneous

11924 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 22-320, Wellington, FL 33414 or;

3. Fax your ad with credit card information to (561) 793-9017. COST STAND OUT! DISCOUNT DEADLINE $12 for three lines and $1.50 for each additional line.

Shade your ad as an attention-getter for just $4!

Pay for 3 months and we’ll give you the 4th month free!

Ad must be received by July 18 to make the next issue.


– INSTRUCTIONS –  Fill in the classified ad form below, placing one letter in each box, making sure to leave one box empty between words.

 Name, address and telephone number must be included.  Add up the total cost of your ad.  Write in the 2-digit classification number for your ad.  Include credit card information below or make check payable to Neighborhood News Group.


Line 2 Line 3 Line 4

If paying with a credit card, please use name on card and card’s billing address here.



Cost for 3 lines: (1) $12.00 Cost for additional lines ($1.50 each): (2)

Shaded ad ($4.00):  yes  no (3) One time price: (Add lines 1, 2 & 3): (4)


Four month contract:  yes  no If yes, multiply line (4) by 3: (5)

City State





2-digit classification number: (Please check)  YES! Place my ad FREE in West Palm’s Neighborhood News


ANNOUNCEMENTS 12 Personals BURIED IN DEBT! Over $10,000 In Credit Cards? We CAN SAVE You Thousands! Call DEBT HELP EXPERTS. FREE Consultation: 1- 888-849-8260 PROTECT YOUR FAMILY! Get Your Home Security System FREE. Main Doors Protection, Motion Detectors, Police, Fire & Medical Keypad. Call Now 1- 866-566-9823 PSYCHIC BOUTIQUE – Readings by Lola. Crystals, Tarot Cards, Aura Cleansing & more. For appt. call 355-0036. RPB. SUSHI YAMA SIAM – Japanese & Thai cuisine. 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd. 798-4288,

13 Professional DIVORCE * BANKRUPTCY – Call (877) 797-8910 or online at L O C AT E M I S S I N G P E R S O N S Background checks, Crim. D ef., B oy nto n Inve stig ations Lic. A1000175, 561201-0773 PERSONAL TRAINING - Cer tified & Insured. Home or gym. Healthy Bodies by Helen. (561) 317-0742. Free consult.

16 Roommates Wanted HOUSE MATE – Room and bath in Wellington home. Pupil, retired or working person. (954) 296-3748


42 Professional/Sales 43 Personal Services 44 Trade 46 Part Time 48 Restaurant/Hotel 49 Miscellaneous Jobs


Total amount enclosed: (6)



32 Household Items 33 Furniture 34 Computers 35 Electronics 36 Automobiles 38 Miscellaneous 39 Wanted to Buy

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21 Babysitting 22 House Cleaning 23 Companions 24 General Maintenance 25 Computers 26 Typing/Wordprocessing 28 Tutoring 29 Miscellaneous



51 Rentals – WPB 52 Rentals – Palms West 53 Rentals – In State 54 Rentals – Out of State 55 For Sale – WPB 56 For Sale – Palms West 57 For Sale – In State 58 For Sale – Out of State

24 General Maintenance

22 House Cleaning CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING D r i e s 2- 4 h r s . Pe t O d o r removal. Call Mike, 255-1493 E XPERIENCED HOUSEK EEPER Excellent references. Call anytime for free estimate. 12 years in area. 352-6065.

24 General Maintenance INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING – Specializing in professional murals and faux finishes. Interior/exterior jobs. Local resident. Call for free estimate. Ask for Gilberto, 398-4273.

GETTING MORE BUSINESS for your business is our business! Place a service ad in Palms West Monthly Classifieds today. You’ll be glad you did! PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN – Services – 35 yrs. experience. Call Richard (561) 719-8849. Lic. #CBC1251053. Free est.

28 Tutoring M AT H & PH YSI C S T U T OR Algebra, Geometr y, Trig., Pre - Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Physics. Call Michael, M. Sc. in Mech. Engineering, Columbia Univ.) 561-315-9502

29 Miscellaneous

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS for Florida Concealed Gun Permit. GIVE YOUR ROOMS A FRESH new look at affordable prices! Call a licensed pro today! (561) 307-4173. PET STAYCATION! – Pet Sitting in Wellington. Call Lisa at (561) 324-5747. PRESSURE CLEANING - Residential • Commercial • Industrial • Driveway Sealing • Roofs, • Walls • More! Squeak y Clean Pressure Cleaning, (561) 577-8080.

MERCHANDISE 32 Household Items ONE MAN’S TRASH is another man’s treasure. Sell your u nwa n te d i te m s fo r f a s t cash in Palms West Classifieds today! PATIO FURNITURE LIKE NEW – Marble coffee table, silk tree, kids & adult bikes, Schwinn ex-bike. 603-1812.

39 Wanted To Buy SILVER COINS WANTED. I pay more now! U.S., 20 times face value. Some foreign ok. Call John, (954) 263-3355.

REAL ESTATE 51 Rentals – WPB

BEAR ISLAND - 3BR/2Bth/2CG with gorgeous golf course a nd ga rde n views. From $1950/mo. Annual/Furnished or Unfurnished. Call Barry L . Salandro 632- 8268 or Terry Cronin 346-6776. Village Realty Group WHITEHALL FURNISHED - Bldg 18-102: $950/mo. (furn), Bldg 14-401: $1100/mo. (furn), Bldg 20-105: $1000/mo. (furn), Bldg 14-404: $1000/mo. (furn). Val Oliva, 762-7702, Illustr. Prop. WHITEHALL LOP – 4th Floor 2B/2Bth/Bonus Room with fabulous views - From $975/ mo. Annual-Unfurnished. Call Barry L. Salandro 6328268 or Terry Cronin 3466776 Village Realty Group

52 Rentals – Wellington SINGLE FAMILY HOMES & CONDOS Annual or seasonal. Perry Payne. (561) 351-5687, Realty Elite The Palm Beaches. www. Perry

55 For Sale – WPB

WORK FROM HOME – All natural products made in USA. Make $$. 561-282-7648.

CENTURY VILLAGE - Windsor A, 1BR, 1.5BA, corner unit. Totally renovated. Move right in. Call 309-7510. WHITEHALL VILLAGES - Breathtaking golf course, garden and clubhouse views 2B/2Bth/+bonus room, 1385 s q.f t. B a r r y L . S a l a n d r o 632.8268 or Terr y Cronin 346.6776, Village Realt y Group From $68,000.

43 Personal Services

56 For Sale – Wellington

EMPLOYMENT 42 Professional/Sales

E X PERIENCED & RELI ABLE – Home Health Aides. English speaking, mature, certified in the care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. 24 hour service. Call 434-2576.

46 Part Time PART TIME DRIVER – To doctor, errands, etc. Mon-Fri. Retiree or homemaker welcome. Must have car & good driving record. Call Dana, 561-366-7967 PHOTOGRAPHER – Experienced photographer to cover local eve nts in We ste r n Co m munities. Photojournalism background a plus. Call Rob, 793-6397. REPORTER – Freelancer to cover council meetings, equestrian events, etc. Journ. degree, experience required. Call Rob, 793-6397.

FREE FORECLOSURE LIST! Pe r r y Payne. (561) 3515687, Realty Elite The Palm Beaches. www.Perry SELL YOUR HOME – On your own! Save Realtor’s Listing commission! Harvey Zarchin TRC, CIPS (561) 296-9393


Palms West Service Directory REAL ESTATE


RETAIL 12954 Okeechobee Blvd.





• Doctor’s Office • Malls • Hotels • South Beach • Airports

Continental Properties, Inc. Office: 689-4766 • Cell: 346-8034 E-mail: 2240 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 400 • WPB

“Specializing in the Villages of Palm Beach Lakes” RETAIL

Lee’s Barbeque Grill Center Service • Repair • Assembly Propane • Installation • Delivery We repair all brand grills no matter where you bought them! •

(866) 533-7227 or (954) 796-6100 3867 N.W. 124th Ave., Suite 2 • Coral Springs, FL 33065

Loxahatchee, FL

561.791.8080 RETAIL

Doctors, nurses, chefs:

The unique comfort features of the Alegria Professional Collection allow you to do your job better because you’ll feel better in our shoes. 12 hour shifts? Bring it on!

(561) 333-0334

The Wellington Marketplace 13857 Wellington Trace, D-2

Locally Owned & Operated PBC #VH3463

(561) 291-1153 TRANSPORTATION

Wellington Cab 333-0181

LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE Serving Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale & Miami airports and seaports


Wellington-based family owned & operated for over 10 years.

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Palms West Monthly - July 2011  

Front Page: Former Seminole Ridge standout Joe Rubiano III has moved on to the college level, where he’s mastering the mental aspects of the...

Palms West Monthly - July 2011  

Front Page: Former Seminole Ridge standout Joe Rubiano III has moved on to the college level, where he’s mastering the mental aspects of the...